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Palmerston North Attractions and Activities

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Make the most of you stay in the Manawatu region by seeing and engaging in Palmerston North’s attractions and activities. The Manawatu is blessed by beautiful countryside, rich farmland and pristine native bush offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself while you take in the scenery. Palmerston North is situated on the banks of the Manawatu River and adventure tours of all kinds and types are available to show you a good time. Adventure tours include 4 wheel driving, hunting, kayaking, rafting and mountain biking.

The rivers, lakes and dams around Palmerston North produce good quality trout with experienced guides providing the best fishing tours. There are a number of historic sights around Palmerston North. Museums, private gardens and art galleries are found throughout the City and in the outlying rural areas. The most popular museums to visit are the New Zealand Rugby Museum and Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History. Live theatre is alive and well with Massey University contributing to the vibrant art and craft scene. The multi million dollar “Regent on Broadway” has been refurbished to its former glory and provides both local and international film shows with a difference.

Palmerston North offers a large range of local corporate and holiday accommodation which includes charming bed and breakfasts, quality hotels and an excellent selection of motels and motor lodges. The City is compact and easy to find your way around and you don’t have to go far to find a good restaurant or cosy café. Most of the inner City shopping is centred around the tree lined town square with a few comprehensive factory outlets on the outskirts of Palmerston North. For speed car action head down to the Robertson Holden International Speedway, there are events on nearly every weekend featuring drivers from throughout New Zealand and the action is fast and furious.

If you enjoy spending time in the Great outdoors, the nearby Tararua and Ruahine ranges offer an excellent choice of walking trails through pristine native bush. Ruahine Forest Park also offers a range of activities and tours including tramping, hunting, cross country skiing white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. Palmerston North is only 25 minutes from the West Coast beaches of Himitangi and Foxton Beach. The expansive coastline is home to some of the biggest sand dunes in New Zealand and the atmosphere is laid back and friendly. Blo karting is a popular activity along the wide sandy beaches and the locals are often seen out exercising their horses. Palmerston North is a great place to stay and experience the rural lifestyle the Manawatu is famous for.

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